Connecting with Family During the Holidays on the Cheap

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There is so much that I love about the holidays, like the food, family, gifts, giving, and not going to work. There are so many things to love about the holiday season that it is no wonder why everyone seems to be in a good mood, and it’s the happiest time of the year!

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is seeing my family. I live in Texas, pretty far from my mom and some of my sisters in Virginia. A great part of the holidays is that my mom either comes to visit us here, or we visit her there, but the reality is that coming for both Thanksgiving and Christmas is pretty unlikely. This means that for one of those dates we have to improvise. I want to share a few tips I have for staying connected with your family members out of state during the holidays!

Write a letter or send a card

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One great way to keep in touch with family is by sending them a card or a letter in the mail. While Christmas cards are pretty standard, adding a personal note just for them adds a special touch. I love receiving letters. I mean, when’s the last time you received a letter? It is so rare today with email and such that it feels extra good to get a letter every now and again. Around Thanksgiving, sending a letter to your family members telling them how much you are thankful for their presence in your life is an excellent way to show them how much you care.

Give them a call

You can always call your family members during the holidays. One good cell phone service provider is Cricket Wireless. Did you know that their network covers 98 percent of the country, and they also have more 4G LTE coverage nationwide than Sprint, T-Mobile or MetroPCS? Their plans are also much more affordable than many other cell phone plans.


Cricket Wireless also has a few special deals going on for the holiday season. They have an enormous variety of premium brand devices to choose from, and their plans are flexible. They also have a Group Save discount that can save you up to $100 a month when you add eligible lines. And if you do decide to switch to Cricket, you can get a Samsung Galaxy Prime for just $29.99* Additionally, from November 13 through January 7th, you can choose from four 4G LTE smartphones FREE** after mail-in rebate Cricket VISA Promotion Card.

Send e-gift cards

When someone lives far away, it can get pricey sending them a gift in the mail (depending on the weight of the present, of course). What I love about sending gift cards is that you don’t have to worry about paying for shipping, and you can schedule them to be sent months in advance! Not only is this more cost-effective, but it is also extremely easy to do. If you know what stores are your family’s favorites, getting them a gift card to that place is a practical gift that they’ll use.

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Yeah, the holidays can be a little tough if you are not around your family, but you can still show them how much you care. Staying connected with your family during the festivities can be simple if you take the time to remind them how much you care!


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Connecting with Family During the Holidays on the Cheap

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